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For Immediate Release Jon Walk, (832) 296-0785

THE 14th ANNUAL SEABROOK LUCKY TRAIL MARATHON


WELCOMES MORE THAN 1,500 RUNNERS TO THE CITY
SEABROOK, TX (March 17, 2017) Sponsored by the City of Seabrook, Running
Alliance Sport (RAS) is pleased to welcome more than 1,550 runners from 110 cities or
towns in Texas, 24 states, two Canadian provinces and England to the 14th annual
Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon weekend held here today, Saturday and Sunday, March
17-19, 2017.
Affectionately known as the Luckiest Marathon in Texas, the Seabrook Lucky Trail
Marathon Texas eighth oldest marathon with Wacos Miracle Match Marathon and the
Big-D Texas Marathon -- is hosting the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Texas
State Marathon Championship for the sixth time since 2010 and features races that cater
to all levels of fitness in the running community.
Saturday's marathon and four-person relay, Saturday's half marathon and Sunday's
half marathon and two-person half marathon relay are all on a four-loop, USATF-certified
(TX15026ETM) course, which runners will follow on the Seabrook Trails, will start and end
at Rex Meador Park, located here at 2100 Meyer Road.
The course, one of the most scenic in the area, consists of crushed granite trails that
wind north, through wooded areas to wetlands, to Pine Gully Park before a brief run along
Galveston Bay. The loops make for a very spectator-friendly course, and the proximity of
playground facilities make it family-friendly as well.
The race weekend gets underway Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. with a trail quarter
marathon (6.55 miles) and trail 5K that begins at 5:45 p.m., both on different portions of
the Seabrook Trails.
Saturday's marathon and four-person marathon relay will start at 7:15 a.m.,
followed by the half marathon at 7:30 a.m. and the road 5K immediately after. Marathon
walkers will have an early start at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. Sunday's half marathon and two-
person half marathon relay will start at 7:15 a.m. with a four-hour course limit.
Sponsored by the City of Seabrook, Running Alliance Sport, the not-for-profit,
501(c)(3) producer of the Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, continued for the third straight
year its 50 States Marathon Challenge, where it gives away a free entry to one Sunday
marathon registrant from each state.
Both 3.1-mile races, which support the Clear Creek Education Foundations funding
programs, will send runners across the same finish lines as both the half marathoners and
marathoners.
Remaining proceeds annually benefit The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., whose
mission is to offer support, provide safety and prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Running Alliance Sport donated $40,000 to The Bridge, as its also known, as a result
of last years Lucky Trail Marathon and approximately $115,000 from its five races, which
includes the popular Texas Bridge Series, in 2016.
For the 11th consecutive year, runners can take the Pelican or Trail Challenge with a
half marathon or marathon on Saturday followed a half marathon on Sunday.
League City's Christopher Robbins, 42, returns in an attempt to be the marathon's
first back-to-back winner in its 14-year history. Robbins outlegged his marathon pacing
partner Kerry Lee a year ago by more than two minutes to win in 3:00:34.
Axtell's Lonnie Coone, 44, who finished third last year in 3:04:08, is aiming to break
three hours even after kicking off his 2017 trail racing season at last Saturday's Crazy
Desert Trail Race 100K in San Angelo with a tenth-place overall time of 13:42:10.
Katy's Gordon Christie, 47, who won the race in 2012 in 3:08:47, is also expected to
challenge as will Houston's Olli Haavikko, 42, who has five wins and three runner-up
finishes over the last three years in various smaller Texas marathons.
League City's Kristen Kilpatrick, two weeks shy of turning 32, has finished third
here each of the last two years and at the Galveston Marathon last month, but will face a
small group of athletes whose Boston Marathon qualifying times at The Woodlands
Marathon two weeks ago were nullified because of a short course.
Fifth overall in The Woodlands in 3:03:10 was former Ironman World
Championship qualifier Rachel Lindner, 28, from San Antonio, who also has a 17:16:14
Vermont 100 finish to her credit (2010) and 2015 USA 24-Hour Running Team member
Sky Canaves, 42, from Austin who took the Masters title at The Woodlands in 3:06:55.
They'll be pushed by Pearland's Valerie Boessing, Manvel's Shannon Stroope and
Spring's Bonnie Scholz, all who were denied Boston qualifiers
Seven runners Eric Raschke, Jacqueline OBrien-Nolen, George Z. Felan,
Edward and Margot Campos, Richard Carroll and Bob Myers -- will be feted as they
finish their races on Saturday and Sunday to bring the number to 28 inducted into the
Seabrook Lucky Trail Leprechaun Hall of Fame.
Initiated in 2013 as a way to recognize the races most loyal runners since its start in
2004, any runner who has or is set to complete 262 miles 40 loops of the trails in
individual events or has finished the marathon or marathon in 10 or more years earns
automatic induction.
For more information about the 14th annual Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Half
Marathon and Relays, please visit www.seabrookmarathon.org.